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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This programme is an ideal route for students who have a clear target for future studies at university. Students should have a keen interest in the Public Services, outdoor activity leadership or the security sector. All students will be offered a place on our Foundation Degree in Criminology (Offender Management) when progressing to Year 2 of the programme.

The programme develops your knowledge and skills over two years, enabling you to progress to higher education studies. In both practical and theoretical settings, you will study advanced concepts in government, discipline, physical preparation, leadership, law, citizenship, command and control, and fitness testing.

The study programme also allows students to undertake Duke of Edinburgh awards.

Entry requirements

You will need to complete an interview and screening test in maths and English. The entry requirements are for the majority of GCSEs grades to be between 9-6, including English and Maths. Students should have a clear target for further study at university.
 
Any achievements in BTEC Public Services qualifications at Level 2 will only be considered if at Distinction grade.
 
You are expected to maintain high standards of discipline, punctuality and attendance. It is essential that you work to the deadlines set or you risk the chance of not achieving your programme of study.
 
Practical sessions are compulsory, so you must be physically able to
take part in both indoor and outdoor sessions.
 
Students on this course are expected to engage in supporting a range of community and regional events. This will mean that weekends will often be part of the academic timetable in order to fulfil work experience placements.

 

Course Content

The course is made up of a number of units which can include:
  • Citizenship
  • Government
  • Teamwork and Leadership
  • Discipline
  • Physical Preparation
  • Exercise, Health and Lifestyle
  • Volunteering
It also includes a tutorial session to monitor your progress, set targets, support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills.
 
You need to be aware that certain volunteering events and work placements take place at weekends or evenings and you will be expected to attend these. We ask that you understand this expectation before you commit to other activities as many events depend on your involvement to enable them to run safely and efficiently.
 
You have to fulfil a minimum of 72 hours of work placement. Many of these hours will be offered to you through our existing partnerships with employers.
 
 
 
 
 

 

How will I be assessed?

You will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit. You are expected to work on multiple assessments at any one time. You will be assessed through practical demonstrations, logbooks and performance records, written reports and essays, presentations, workbooks, discussions and vivas.  

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You are expected to purchase a uniform to wear at College and for practical sessions. Kit costs vary depending on the items purchased and the cost is non-refundable once the order has been placed. You are also asked to contribute towards the end-of-year celebration event and our extensive trips and guest speakers list. Total costs are approximately £100.

Your College kit should be worn at all times when on site, so too should your ID card.

There may be additional events during the year to which you may be expected to contribute.

Financial assistance is available, depending on your circumstances.

For applicants from outside the region or who travel over distance, the College has residential accommodation if required.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

On successful completion, the programme provides an excellent platform for progression to courses such as the:

  • Leadership and Security for Higher Study in the Public Services (Year 2)
  • Foundation Degree in Criminology (Offender Management)

Careers

You may also wish to seek voluntary or paid employment in the Public Services or in the security industry as a door supervisor, CCTV operator or security guard. Alternatively, you could apply for the special constabulary or reservist forces. You do not, of course, have to enter the Public Services as the skills gained on this course are transferable to a wider range of job areas. 

 

 

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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About Broomfield Hall »

Will Morgan

Will Morgan

Public Services course leads to career

Coming to Derby College changed my life and gave me the confidence to follow my dreams and key work ethics such as punctuality and respect.


"I grew up very small and skinny and finished school with low confidence.
"I then enrolled in Public Services with a dream of being a soldier.


"Slowly but surely I gained in confidence and the turning point was when we went to Lympstone to participate in a 'Look at Life' course with the Royal Marines.


"A Corporal there and my lecturer Jon Agyeman made me feel ten feet tall and I left there feeling that I could chop down a mountain with my bare hands.


"I joined 7 Para RHA, part of 16 air assault brigade – serving a frontline tour of Afghanistan as a signaller as part of the Brigade Reconnaissance force. I was also deployed on security at the London 2012 Olympics.


"After leaving the Army, I re-trained in security and am now a Security Manager based at Highcross shopping centre in Leicester and in charge of a large operational team. I also work on crisis management and anti-terrorism.


"I love working in security as it is very similar to Army and I enjoy training and empowering people.

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